[ chant, chahnt ]
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  1. a short, simple melody, especially one characterized by single notes to which an indefinite number of syllables are intoned, used in singing psalms, canticles, etc., in church services.

  2. a psalm, canticle, or the like, chanted or for chanting.

  1. the singing or intoning of all or portions of a liturgical service.

  2. any monotonous song.

  3. a song; singing: the chant of a bird.

  4. a monotonous intonation of the voice in speaking.

  5. a phrase, slogan, or the like, repeated rhythmically and insistently, as by a crowd.

verb (used with object)
  1. to sing to a chant, or in the manner of a chant, especially in a church service.

  2. to sing.

  1. to celebrate in song.

  2. to repeat (a phrase, slogan, etc.) rhythmically and insistently.

verb (used without object)
  1. to sing.

  2. to utter a chant.

Origin of chant

First recorded in 1350–1400; (verb) Middle English chanten, from Middle French chanter, from Latin cantāre, frequentative of canere “to sing”; (noun) from French chant, from Latin cantus; see canto
  • Also Obsolete, chaunt [chawnt, chahnt] /tʃɔnt, tʃɑnt/ .

Other words from chant

  • chant·a·ble, adjective
  • chant·ing·ly, adverb
  • half-chanted, adjective
  • un·chant·ed, adjective

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How to use chant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for chant


/ (tʃɑːnt) /

  1. a simple song or melody

  2. a short simple melody in which several words or syllables are assigned to one note, as in the recitation of psalms

  1. a psalm or canticle performed by using such a melody

  2. a rhythmic or repetitious slogan, usually spoken or sung, as by sports supporters, etc

  3. monotonous or singsong intonation in speech

  1. to sing or recite (a psalm, prayer, etc) as a chant

  2. to intone (a slogan) rhythmically or repetitiously

  1. to speak or say monotonously as if intoning a chant

Origin of chant

C14: from Old French chanter to sing, from Latin cantāre, frequentative of canere to sing

Derived forms of chant

  • chanting, noun, adjective
  • chantingly, adverb

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